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Harihareshwar Beach, Harihareshwar Overview

One of the less famous beaches in Maharashtra, the Harihareshwar beach is located in the Raigad district. Surrounded by four hills named Harihareshwar, Harshinachal, Bramhadri and Pushpadri, Harihareshwar is often referred to as Dev-Ghar or "house of God". It is usually called as Southern Kashi because of its temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. A famous beach town, situated 200 km from Mumbai, Harihareshwar is a treat for people looking for spiritual relief or a beach holiday. The place has a lot of accommodation options according to every budget and liking.

Harihareshwar has two beaches on either side of Harihareshwar temple, the main attraction of Harihareshwar apart from the beautiful beach. Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation has also established a beach resort on the southern-most of the two beaches. One of these beaches comprises of a straight stretch that is about 2.4 km long and lies in front of the temple, while the second beach lies in front of the MTDC Resort and is L-shaped with a stretch of about 2 km. Harihareshwar along with the two beaches named as, Shrivardhan and Diveagar Beach, form a widely popular weekend getaway, especially from Pune and Mumbai. Harihareshwar is a renowned tourist spot in Konkan and is mainly known for its temple and beaches. It is an evergreen place, i.e. it can be visited at any time throughout the year due to favourable weather conditions. It is nestled in the lap of the beautiful range of Sahyadri's hills.

Apart from the well set-up beach, temple and the MTDC Resort, one can find various accommodation facilities here. Harihareshwar witnesses an annual celebration of the Kal Bhairav Jayanti Utsav, which is a famous festival, celebrated on the birth of the deity Kal Bhairav. This tradition was initiated by Mr Yashawant Balawant Nagle, who was the Sardar of Queen of Janjira administrating the Harihareshwar Village. He also funded the Temple Management by donating a significant chunk of his properties.

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Harihareshwar Temple

The renowned Harihareshwar Temple complex comprises of two adjacent compounds. There is a smaller Kaal Bhairav Temple, which is expected to be visited first followed by the main Harihareshwar Temple housing an ancient Shiva Linga. Devotees can also go on the Pradakshina route that goes around the temple along the seashore. Also, it is not advised to opt for this way during high tides for safety purpose.



Best Time To Visit Harihareshwar Beach

Although the tourist season in Harihareshwar extends from October to May, the best time to visit is from November to February during winters. Kaal Bhairav Jayanti Utsav is also an excellent time to visit the temple, as the visitors can enjoy the fun and frolic along with soaking in the spiritual vibes of the temple. This festival also takes place in October or November.

Tips For Visiting Harihareshwar Beach

Make sure to stay safe during high tides in the evening.

How To Reach Harihareshwar Beach

Harihareshwar is located about 40 km off the NH17 from Mangaon, which is also the nearest railway station. Only if you are travelling from Mumbai, would you be able to use the train as the mode of transport. However, travelling by road to Harihareshwar would be more convenient.

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